Making a new musical is one of the hardest things you can do in the theatre, and the decades-long search for the “great Australian musical” has often felt like looking for the Holy Grail. But, as Ben Neutze reports, we could be on the cusp of a golden age of new Australian musicals.

Muriel’s Wedding The Musical
Muriel’s Wedding The Musical. Photo © Lisa Tomasetti

It’s often said that getting a new musical on stage is theatre’s equivalent of climbing Everest. Plenty of brave souls attempt to scale the heights each year, but it’s a punishing task and many never make it to the peak.

In recent years, an increasing number of Australian artists have been working away on musical theatre projects, spurred on by...